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Mr. Williams drops off to sleep for a few minutes to find himself confronted with a world in which Congress has been suspended and federal authority dissolved.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Coronet Instructional Films
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Political science; Surrealism; Anti-statism
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Ron Raygun -
Subject: A Dumb Film
Looking at Mr. Larkin's credentials, "Dean of LIBERAL Studies", this film seeks to build government bigger, by passively brainwashing school kids on how 'wonderful' Congress is. With the current huge dissatisfaction of Congress some 60 years after this film was produced, the naivete and silliness of this film is evident. And since 1948, with the creation of the state of Israel and its octopus AIPAC, Congress has become a representative of a foreign nation, with it and our country sliding down a slippery slope to the ruins of Communism. This film producer being a liberal, promotes our elected whores in the "District of Criminals", rather than explain the powers of the Constitutional Congress from a conservative standpoint of the founding fathers. This film deserves the LOWEST rating.
Subject: This film will cause you to see visions.
Subject: The Glory of Centralized Authority
10 minutes about how congress is so great and then you warn us that we can't have _the wrong people_ in charge? Makes a lot of beautiful assumptions that all add up to the sexiest straw man that I have ever laid eyes on.
Subject: truth is stranger than fiction
with the exceptions of the taxes, military being gone, this little movie just about sums up the state of Americas federal government right now. Sure,I write with a little sarcasm, but just a little.
Also, why is the "non congress" actor an Asian? I was wondering because of the time this was made, was it a way to suggest if congress was gone, the United States would be like?? oh , I dont know, China?
Very interesting to watch this considering the current state of America, that is for sure.
Subject: propaganda film
bleh. I liked the setup and the style of the dream scenes but other than that this is just an advertisement for the US government.
Zinc? I'd say that the Simpsons were actually parodying a little film by the name of "Shane" (1953) where the kid says, "Come Back, Shane! Come back!"
As to this film, it's delightfully surreal and a worthy addition to most any Prelinger collection.
Subject: Come back Congress!
Does this remind anyone else of the Simpsons industrial film parody where a boy is transported into a world without Zinc? "Come back Zinc!...Come back!!!!"
It's been a while since I've seen a Coronet film, so I was looking forward to seeing this one, but I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I was going to see quite possibly the most trippiest Coronet movie I've seen. The Powers Of Congress fatures a man by the name of Charles Bentley, who complains about Congress at every turn, how we don't need elections, taxes etc. It then seagues into this weird world full of wild sets, weird voices and uh, bubbles (Robot Monster influences here!) to tell what would happen if there wasn't any congress. His wife wakes him up.. it was a dream! (He must've been hypnotized by the wallpaper) and immediately knows what his topic is going to be for his 'speech at the club'! It then goes stumping for a bit which is a little less interesting.. but boy, what a great beginning three quarters! Highly reccomended!
Subject: Big Government Goes Up In Bubbles
In this prescient 1947 film, a disgruntled Mr. Williams, angry at having to pay his income tax and irritated that he has to walk a mile to the post office to buy stamps (no wonder people were thinner then), grumbles about the ÃÂpowers of Congress.ÃÂ Today we would call it the power of ÃÂBig Government.ÃÂ Mr. Williams falls asleep, bubbles appear on the screen, and he has a surrealist nightmare in which the federal government is no more. Each state now has their own currency and militia. The bank forecloses on his mortgage because thereÃÂs no FHA loans. ThereÃÂs no regulation of patents, so his company goes under. ÃÂYouÃÂll have to look out for yourself when your loose your job!ÃÂ his boss sneers as he fires him. There is no income taxÃÂbut thereÃÂs also no minimum wage, unemployment benefits or social security. Charles wakes up, it was all a bad dream! Charles writes a speech for his club about the virtues of the federal government. Ironically, everything he praises are programs the current Republican administration is trying to dismantle: ÃÂWe know the food we eat is pure. Why? Because it is inspected by the laws made through the power of Congress.ÃÂ ÃÂCongress even limits the number of hours we work and the minimum salaries weÃÂre paid.ÃÂ Even though we gripe about federal taxes (we see a gas station gauge with gas at 23 cents a gallon) we get ÃÂour magnificent National ForestsÃÂ and ÃÂprotection of our healthÃÂ in return. Has his dream has turned Mr. Williams into a bleeding heart liberal? Maybe notÃÂÃÂthese powers reach right into our home, into our very lives!ÃÂ Could he mean the Patriot Act? This film was made when Americans still had visceral memories of the Great Depression. They remembered what it was like when the Hoover administration stood by and let big business run the country. America is on the verge of having Mr. WilliamÃÂs nightmare today, minus the bubbles.